Sunday, July 31, 2011

Book Review: Don't Check Your Brains at the Door


“Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30—both evangelical and mainline—who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research.” (USA Today)
Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door gives teens answers that make sense, even for the toughest of questions. Internationally known defender of the faith Josh McDowell and co-author Bob Hostetler offer clarity laced with humor to expose common myths about God, the Bible, religion, and life to show how Christianity stands up to the test of fact and reason. Teens will be better equipped to stick with their faith as they begin to understand why they believe and why it’s important to make a lifetime commitment to Christ and the church.
 A lot of times we as humans just do things because that's what we were taught through our culture, family, etc. Sometimes we never fully understand why we do the things that we do. Over time it becomes a "that's just how its done" scenario. The goal of this book is encourage people to really understand their beliefs. Without this understanding,we're just going through the motions of religion and never building that connection that we need as christians.
I think that they did a really good job meeting their goal. The way the information is presented is both informative and exciting. It's not dry or preachy at all. The best part is that they constantly give scripture references and activities that encourage you to get in the bible and examine the scriptures for yourself. This makes it more than just a book packed full of information, its interactive. The authors also do an excellent job relating things from the bible to modern day situations and facts by using real life stories and pop culture that everyone can relate to. 
You certainly don't have to be a teenager or new christian to learn from this book. Even if you've been a christian for 25 years, you can still be inspired by the simple truths that are found here book. This is a great book to not only enrich your christian walk, but to also use as a tool to tell others exactly what we believe. 
I would recommend this to teenagers and new believers especially, but I believe all christians can enjoy this book.

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